Apr 30th 2021 · Day 120
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We all go through times of discouragement and criticism. If you are seeking to serve the Lord and this has never happened to you, then you can be sure that one day it will.
The question is, how do we deal with it? How do we respond when others try to stop us obeying God? To begin with, we need to consider who is speaking to us. Is their motive to discourage or to help us? We may not always like what they say, but sometimes they may be right. However, ‘advice’ isn’t always constructive, which is why we need discernment.
In 1 Samuel 17:28-19 we read the famous story of David and Goliath. David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking when he came to the battlefield, initially with provisions: ‘And Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your presumption and the evil of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” And David said, “What have I done now? Was it not but a word?”’
It seems that David’s brother was jealous of the fact that God had chosen his little sandwich-carrying brother over him to become king. But David refused to be hindered by his brother’s apparent misunderstanding of his motive. He refused to be discouraged. He was going to do what God had called him to do. We know he went and fought Goliath in the name of the Lord!
Pause and reflect: Lord, help me today to do what You want me to do and not be discouraged when I know I am following You.
Peter serves as chaplain to The Voice Asia, a multimedia ministry targeting non-Christian Asians. He is also chaplain of the International Motors Group and missions pastor at Victory Church. He is passionate about being a channel of God’s blessing wherever he goes. Follow him on Twitter @PastorDelBoy
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